Thursday, February 28, 2013

What's in Your Pantry?

You get it by now: Fruits and vegetables are good, potato chips and Oreos are bad. Not exactly rocket science. But are you stocking your fridge and pantry with the right healthy foods as in, the ones that give you optimum nutrition for your buck (and shelf space)? Here are the foods to put on your grocery list—and keep there—for a healthy diet.


Keep your "good" digestive bacteria at a healthy level with yogurts containing live, active cultures. Warning: Some varieties are packed with sugar, so stick with plain or check the labels before tossing it in your grocery cart. Yogurt is one of several super diet foods thanks to the fact that it's both filling and loaded with calcium, potassium and vitamin B.
I LOVE YOGURT!! It is my go to in the mornings

Wild Salmon

Unlike some other types of fish, studies have shown that mercury levels are relatively low in salmon. This is good news, considering the fish offers optimum nutrition and protein for few calories. It also contains omega-3's, which help maintain heart health. Why go wild? Farm-raised salmon can be more prone to disease and may have been exposed to or treated with antibiotics.

Egg Whites

Even with yolks, eggs have just 70 to 80 calories each—but that yellow center is high in cholesterol. Buy fresh eggs and then take out the yolks for a quick boost of protein in your breakfast. Mix them up with fresh vegetables to add flavor.

Leafy Greens

Healthy greens like broccoli, cabbage and kale have optimum nutrition and are loaded with a plant chemical that may help lower your risk of cancer. Low on vitamins? Add some spinach to your salad. Like other dark, leafy greens, it's loaded with iron and vitamin K, the latter of which may prevent osteoporosis, diabetes and arthritis.

Also handy and healthy foods to keep around the house:

  • Berries
  • Watermelon
  • Asparagus     
  • Grapes
  • Green beans
  • Vegetable juice, such as V-8
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Nonfat yogurt
  • Apples
  • Low-fat milk
  • string cheese for snacking
  • Frozen veggies, such as corn, peas, etc.
  • Frozen fruit, such as berries and peaches
  • Fruity, low fat frozen yogurt
  • Chicken/ turkey hot dogs or sausage
I clearly get excited about turkey hot dogs 

  • Whole wheat crackers
  • Peanut butter
  • Nuts of all kinds
  • Pineapple (fresh, frozen or canned with no syrup)
  • Bananas
  • Dried fruits (such as dates, apricots, etc)
  • Honey (just a touch on yogurt goes a long way!)
  • Bananas
  • Soy chips
  • Chick peas (for making hummus)
  • Canned chopped tomatoes
  • Whole grain bread
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
 Now I will be MIA this weekend because I am of course going out of town. But I am especially excited because I will be staying in this quaint little cottage.
 This weekend is the bf's sister bachelorette party weekend. We are all loading up and going to Mills Creek Cottage in Highlands, NC. I have looked at their website and it looks absolutely dreamy. So it's time to get my bags packed and get ready to head up the mountain.
I made these cute little Survival kits for all the girls. (really cute and inexpensive)
I included:
Hair ties
Nail file
Blow pops
Ring pops (for the bride)
and bubbles (not really sure why I bought the bubbles, I just love bubbles haha)
I will make sure I add all the pictures on Monday :)
 I will also make sure to keep up with all my eating choices, I will have to go old school and write them down and then just add them with the pictures on Monday.
 Hope everyone has a great weekend!
Day 35:
Breakfast: 2 eggs with a little cheddar cheese
Lunch: the rest of my turkey spaghetti and 2 plain turkey dogs (no bread)
Snack: sunflower seeds (plain not salted) and non fat blueberry (50cal) yogurt

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